Tuesday, Oct. 8: Atlanta Hawks 87, Charlotte Bobcats 85
MVP: Ramon Sessions- 17 points and six assists in 24 minutes.
LVP: Ben Gordon- five points in 18 minutes.
Key Stat: Bobcats shot 36.8 percent from the field.
Zeller Watch: Nine points, five rebounds and four turnovers in 24 minutes. Added a block and two steals.
Recap: The Bobcats were rusty in their season opener on Tuesday night. Rookie Cody Zeller was the only Bobcat to make more shots than he missed as the ‘Cats shot an abysmal 36.8 percent from the field. Talking about Zeller, he had a hard time taking care of the ball, recording four turnovers in just 24 minutes of play. Backup point guard Ramon Sessions was one of the lone bright spots on the team. Sessions was able to find his way against the Hawks defense. He attempted 12 free throws and made nine in just 24 minutes.
Friday, Oct. 11: Miami Heat 86, Charlotte Bobcats 75
MVP: Bismack Biyombo- Six points, four rebounds and two blocks in 12 minutes.
LVP: Jeff Adrien – Two points, one rebound in six minutes.
Key Stat: Bobcats shot 38.0 percent from the field.
Zeller Watch: Nine points, five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.
Recap: The Bobcats were back at it Friday night against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Just like in the opener, the ‘Cats were rusty from the field, shooting 38 percent. Bismack Biyombo had a nice game down in South Florida. The big man was 6-for-6 from the line, showing early signs of improved free-throw shooting. Jeff Adrien had a poor effort, recording one rebound and two personal fouls in just six minutes of play.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Charlotte Bobcats 83, Milwaukee Bucks 76
MVP: Bismack Biyombo- Nine points, 21 rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes.
LVP: Cody Zeller-Zero points, five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
Key Stat: Bobcats shot 35.0 percent from the field.
Zeller Watch: Zero points, five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
Recap: Three games into the preseason and it is evident what the Bobcats need to work on: offense. After two straight games of shooting less than 40 percent, you would think the only way to go is up, right? Wrong. Kemba Walker and company shot a preseason-worst 35 percent from the field, but were still able to sneak out a win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rookie Cody Zeller struggled. Steve Clifford cut his rotation down to 10 guys in this game.
The Bobcats travel to Cleveland on Tuesday to play the Cavaliers, then return back home to host the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.